Adventures on the Beach in Lagos

Today you will not believe this story, but I promise you that it is true and not made up.

The Pastor’s Seminar went fantastic!  We expected 50 to 60 and had about 100 plus.  They came from across denominations with the requirement of being senior pastors and limited to one per church.  They were Anglican, Four Square, Baptist, Pentecostal, Assembly of God, and others. I gave 30 to 40 minute sessions with 25 minutes of small groups after each.  We had a lunch break and finished an hour late at 3pm. The pastors were humble, teachable, and asked honest questions about relationships and the equipping of workplace leaders.  The Navigator staff here will help coach them in the process.  Each got my Horses book which was printed here in Lagos.

Now comes the fun part.  We left the conference center at 3:30pm just in time for Lagos traffic. It took us 3 and 1/2 hours to go just a few miles.  What would take just 45 minutes to the home of my hosts took that long just to start.

We would sit sometimes for 10 to 15 minutes without moving at all. The street vendors were out in force with all the normal stuff like fruit, candy, cds, magazines, books, watches, and phone cards.  But they had more like toilet covers, dog collars and leads, clocks, and even hair clippers.  Their presentation was the best that I have seen in the world. In between all the cars were hundreds of motor bikes with the drivers carrying a passenger on the back. They are like fast high risk taxis by motor bike.

So we stopped by the home of one of his friends, got a very needed restroom break, had some juice then switched to a borrowed SUV.  Next we headed out to the beach to get out of the Lagos traffic.

With the light rain there were many deep ruts and traffic was spread over 4 or 5 lanes at times and coming right at us.  It was exciting the first few minutes then we got in ruts and nearly got stuck but made it out much to the dismay of those who wanted to make money to rescue us. Then we sputtered and finally realized that we were out of gas. Out of gas at 8pm on the beach in the dark in Lagos!!!

Just got gas and trying to start car… So our adventure continues.  I will let you know tomorrow  if we ever  make it home.

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About kenthumphreys
Kent Humphreys has been a business leader for over forty years. He also served as CEO of FCCI/Christ@Work for six years and now serves as their worldwide ambassador, speaking, writing, and mentoring young leaders. He continues to be active in distribution, private equities, and real estate. Kent and his wife Davidene have written six books together. They have three children and eight grand-children.

One Response to Adventures on the Beach in Lagos

  1. Heather says:

    LOL…Praying you make it home safely…Glad to hear the good report!

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